Signee Spotlight: Kendrick Doss

Kendrick Doss

National Signing Day has come and gone, and Ole Miss has added a fresh crop of Rebels to the roster. For the next several days, we'll be taking an in-depth look at each Ole Miss signee.

Scout Rating: ***
Scout Rank: 55
Size: 6-2, 215
Hometown: (Florence HS) Florence, AL
Stats: 4.55 40
Projected position at OM: QB/LB

Accolades: Graduated from high school early and enrolled at Ole Miss in January 2014 ... Member of the 2014 signing class ... HIGH SCHOOL: Rated a 3-star prospect by all the major recruiting services . . . Listed as a 3-star prospect on Scout.com and the 55th-rated quarterback in the nation ... Helped Florence to a 9-4 record and the school's first ever berth in the Class 6A state quarterfinals as a senior ... Threw for 1,539 yards and 13 touchdowns and ran for 1,001 yards and 16 touchdowns ... As a junior, he accumulated 1,743 passing yards passing with 16 touchdowns and five interceptions to go with 1,202 rushing yards and 21 TDs on the ground ... Was named the 2012 TimesDaily Class 4A-6A Player of the Year ... A four-year starter at quarterback for Florence ... Coached in high school by Jamey DuBose ... High school teammate of Rebel linebacker Ray Ray Smith.

Recruiting Competition: Doss was pursued by a number of schools, but he cut things off in mid-November when he chose the Rebels. Georgia Tech, Mississippi State, Nebraska, Tennessee, Auburn and Southern Mississippi topped the list of his suitors. Others were recruiting him more for the defensive side of the ball, and he may end up there, but the Rebs promised him a shot at his dream – to be a college QB.

Quotable: "Ole Miss offered me first. That meant something to me. Also, I love the people there and the direction of the program. It was also a selling point that Ray Ray (Smith) is there. We are close. I just want to help the team get better any way I can. If that means a redshirt, fine. If it means playing early, that is fine too."

Scouting Report: Doss is a mid-year enrollee, the S&C staff has had a look at him. He is as billed – a very good athlete with versatility. S&C Coach Paul Jackson told us Kendrick is "raw" in the weight room, but he has a lot of athletic skills that just need time and development.

Florence Coach James DuBose: "Kendrick is not only one of the best kids I've ever coached, he's one of the best kids I've ever known. He's like a son to me. My last six quarterbacks have played or are now playing college football," DuBose continued. "Larry Smith went to Vanderbilt, Casey Weston to Northern Illinois, Sam Gibson to LSU, Jaylen Whitlow to Kentucky and Justin Thomas to Georgia Tech. Kendrick Doss is as good, or better, than any of them, but what separates him is his personality and nature."

Coach Hugh Freeze Quote: "We like everything about Kendrick – his character, his size, his speed, his athletic ability and his arm strength. He's also got leadership qualities. I believe in his ability and the mission he is on to be a special player. I liked him the first time I saw him and have never flinched from that assessment."

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